Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Parade

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Three trees. Sometimes I wonder why in the world we put up three, but once they're up I am glad. They are my favorite decoration, and they are so beautiful to look at.
How did we end up with three? Well, I grew up having two trees - a themed tree and a tree for all the other ornaments. So, it just kind of naturally happened for us, too. I LOVE themed trees. Here's mine. I've put it up for the past 14 years, I think, adding a few decorations over the years. My in-laws always do such a great job picking out ornaments that will look amazing on this tree!

I also love that this tree's colors and some of the ornaments signify what the season is all about. I look at it and am reminded of Jesus. Garnet for His blood shed for me. Gold for His majesty. White (well, actually off white) for His purity and the ability to wash us white as snow. White lights - He's the Light of the world. Without Jesus, I'd have no reason to celebrate Christmas!
Next up is what we call our Memory Tree. It holds all of our other ornaments. It's tradition for some of our other family members to give each of us ornaments every year. We also give our own kids ornaments every year. They get to open them on the night we decorate the tree together.

Now that our kids are getting older, our tree is getting REALLY full. Mark and I even had to put some of our own ornaments back in the box. There just isn't room to hold all of the ornaments! Sadly, one day, as each of our kids leave the nest, they will take their ornaments with them and we will get to hang up our own ornaments again. I am sure it will be bittersweet. :(

Anxiously waiting to find out what ornaments Mama picked out! Mark even bought one for me this year, but I will get to that in a minute.

For Lincoln: Phineas and Ferb. My kids love this cartoon. :)

For Shiloh: Christmas Barbie. I hope she remembers all of the sweet time we spent watching Barbie movies together. I know I will!

For Mullin: Diary of the Wimpy Kid. He's trying to pose like Greg, the wimpy kid.
This is definitely a special tree. So many memories. I love taking a trip back in time with every single ornament that's hung!

Got a little creative this year with a cute way to wrap money. I used toilet paper rolls, cellophane, and wrapping paper to make them look like individually wrapped pieces of candy. Why yes, I did see it on Pinterest.

Our third tree was given to us, and for the first year we put it outside with lights. Then we used it to hold all of our leftover ornaments that wouldn't fit on the Memory Tree. But this year . . .

I decided to get my theme on again. I never thought I'd have a tree with these colors, but I just couldn't help it since we now have a little entry way sitting room with teal as a main accent color. I wasn't even sure if I'd like a tree with teal, but once it was up, I fell in love!!

I looked everywhere for the "right" ornaments. The perfect set of blues just weren't showing up. Not even at Hobby Lobby! So, I gave up looking.
Then one day when I was with my mom, we ran into Wal-Mart for something, and I spotted these. I couldn't believe I had found what I was looking for at Wal-Mart!! I hope I can add a star and some ribbon next year. :)

This heart ornament is the one Mark gave to me this year. From World Market. Looks perfect!

Made a new wreath from an old one, and didn't spend a dime. My mom gave me the wreath, and I added flowers and stuff from an old wreath I had. Scrounged around for some ribbon, and there you go.
I think Christmas treats are just as much a part of the decorations, don't you? They make a kitchen look so festive.



And, of course, my grandma's Prize Sugar Cookies

The trees are my favorite to decorate. BUT, this is the first year I couldn't find the kind of red hots I like to use. Boo hoo!

Lincoln was very proud of his cookies and wanted me to share on my blog. ;)
Well, just 2 more days until Christmas, and I will have to put all of the decorations away. The decorations start coming down the day after Christmas in my house. How about yours?


Langworthy said...

What beautiful trees! I'd love to do themed trees, but never have!

Nurse SuzyQ said...

I posted before but can't find it so I'll try again. Brandi, when you mentioned 3 trees, I immediately thought : There were 3 trees/crosses at Calvary. Good representation and teaching tool.


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